Keen to learn more about our Legal Apprenticeship schemes? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
- What team will I be working in?
Our Apprentices are based in our Transaction Services Team, or the TST for short. The TST currently has over 180 team members split across our UK offices. The team is made up of Apprentices, Paralegals, Managers and qualified Solicitors to support in the delivery of their wide range of work. The team delivers legal work such as contract reviews, document drafting, document organisation and complex project work.
Here are some examples of the sorts of work you might expect to do in each of the TST subteams:
Apprentices in the F&P team do work that relates to the legal documents surrounding corporate loans, company insolvency or project finance, such as finance for new wind farms. Apprentices in this team are assigned a variety of tasks include drafting documents, reviewing key documents on the transaction, assisting on completions (which can include meeting clients), document management and utilising technology to manage data sites and to support solicitors with managing their matters.
Apprentices in the C&C team complete a large range of tasks, from drafting different forms for Companies House, reviewing and summarising different sorts of commercial contracts, compiling bundles for employment tribunals and bibles of documents for large corporate transactions. Apprentices also get involved with large scale reviewing and redaction of commercially sensitive data and other confidential information. There are opportunities to meet clients by supporting solicitors at completion meetings or taking minutes at other client meetings
Apprentices in the Real Estate team get involved with a variety of different tasks such as supporting the solicitors on property management files, drafting different sorts of property documents such as licenses and rent review documents. Another key task is using the Land Registry to download key property documents, document management and utilising technology to manage data sites. As the law is different in each jurisdiction, the team are also trained on English and Scottish land law so that they can support solicitors in all AG offices.
Litigation Apprentices work on a variety of tasks to support the solicitors in preparing for court matters. They could be involved with large electronic document review exercises, commonly where the TST is instructed to review thousands of documents to determine if any support or are a detriment to our client's case. Reviews like this are commonly tech assisted in that the online platform uses AI software to help predict which documents might be relevant based on the coding decisions made by the review team. Apprentices also help to prepare bundles of documents for hearings, legal research and other document management or organisation tasks.
This innovative team is the perfect place to start your career in law.
- Where will I be based?
We are looking for Apprentices to join our Leeds and Manchester offices.
Both our Leeds and Manchester offices are very modern with fantastic facilities.
The Leeds office is located in the heart of the Leeds business district, 3 Sovereign Square. The office is a two minute walk from Leeds train station with excellent travel links.
The Manchester office is located at the One St Peter's Square building. The office is adjacent to a main Metrolink tram station and a few minutes' walk from both Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations.
- What type of work will I be doing as an Apprentice?
You will be studying with BPP University whilst also working in the TST. You will be involved in challenging and varied work from the start such as managing and reviewing documents for commercial transactions to preparing documents for trial. This is a real job with real responsibility.
- How much study is involved?
You will have weekly teaching via BPP's Online Classroom Live technology and monthly face to face sessions with your tutors and peers. You will also have a dedicated Apprentice Manager and Work-Based Tutor to help guide you through your journey as a Legal Apprentice.
You will have five days paid study leave per year but you will also be expected to study in your own time as well.
- What qualification will I achieve?
On our Paralegal Scheme, you will achieve a Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Services (level 4) which is the equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree.
On our Solicitor Scheme, you will achieve a LLB (hons) in Legal Practice.
Both of our apprentice schemes are delivered by BPP University and you can find out more here.
- What is AG looking for in an Apprentice?
We're looking for enthusiastic, bright and ambitious individuals to join our team.
You will also need good communication skills, an eye for detail, the ability to follow instructions and to enjoy working as part of a team.
For our Paralegal scheme you must have grades C, C, C at A-Level or equivalent UCAS points
For our Solicitor Scheme you must have grades A, B, B at A-level or equivalent UCAS points.
All of our apprentices are from a variety of backgrounds which supports our diverse culture and brings together a broad range of talent and creative thinking. Broadly speaking we are looking for a well-rounded candidate that can draw on experiences that would show they have the ambition and commitment to succeed in a legal career. No legal experience is needed and many of our apprentices have had experience in other sectors such as retail.
We recognise the importance of nurturing an inclusive culture to help us attract, retain and enable our people to be the best we can be. You can read more about our Inclusion strategy here.
- What will I be paid?
You will be paid £15,500 in your first year and this would be reviewed annually.
You will also get a range of benefits such as shopping discounts, contribution towards a gym membership and gym discounts, 25 days paid holiday a year, private medical insurance, interest free travel loan, a pension scheme and more.
- What hours will I work?
You will work 9am to 5pm four days a week and one day a week will be spent studying with BPP.
- What support would I get?
When you join us you will be introduced to your team and BPP. You will also have a buddy to help you settle in, regular catch-ups with your manager to discuss your progress and ongoing training. You will also have a dedicated Apprentice Manager and Work-Based Tutor to help guide you through your journey as an Apprentice.
In your first few weeks you will spend some time with BPP being introduced to University learning (library, study skills, portfolios etc.), preparing for work (office etiquette, time management, note-taking) and meeting your new peers.
- How do I apply and what is the application process like?
We run our recruitment process in conjunction with our Apprenticeship Provider, BPP. There are three stages: application, telephone interview and assessment centre.
We assess candidates with a range of assessment tools including an application form, interview, group activities and other competency based exercises.
If you have any further questions about the apprenticeship please email us.
- Who should I contact with any queries
If you have any queries regarding our Legal Apprenticeships at Addleshaw Goddard, please contact Laura Milne.
- What is the social life like?
AG prides itself on being a social firm. We have year round events both formal and informal ranging from pub quizzes to camping! Each year you would be invited to attend a range of social events which may include summer and Christmas parties, Away Days and team activities.
- How has AG adapted to lockdown?
Working from home has highlighted that the Firm is adaptable and innovative. Utilising available technologies to support home working has enabled the team to stay connected and regular meetings ensure that everyone is supported. Mental health has always been a priority for us and the TST has a dedicated wellbeing focus group who have worked hard over lockdown to make sure we are all being kind to our minds.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we anticipate that assessment centres will be run virtually. We follow government advice in relation to our working environment, in particular home working. This may mean that our September 2021 intake may join the Firm virtually and work remotely for some or all of their working week to begin with.